Oyeyemi Oyediran, the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, has cautioned police officers stationed along the state’s expressways to be vigilant throughout the holiday season.
He warned them not to use their official positions to extort money from motorists and other travelers.
When Oyediran paid an unplanned visit to a part of the Benin-Ore Expressway on Sunday to inspect the actions of police officers assigned to approved beats on the expressway, he issued the warning.
According to him, the development is the result of citizens’ complaints over traffic congestion on the expressway caused by an excessive number of barriers, unacceptable delays for commuters and pedestrians using public transportation.
“All the policemen posted on duty on highways must be at alert and not use their duty posts as a means of extortion,” Oyediran warned.
He urged police officers along the Benin-Ore axis to fend off criminals, respond quickly to crises, ease vehicular flow, and protect all road users.
During his visit, the commissioner ensured that vehicles were able to travel freely on the route, assuring residents of Ondo State and all other road users of appropriate protection at all times.